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MY PLACE SMELLS LIKE A LEMON-DROP

Actually, all I did to get rid of the ants (last post) was wipe down the window sill they came in from, and the air-conditioner cord they walked down on with white vinegar. I mean, I have the white vinegar in my cleaning bucket, and I figured I would see how minimalist I could go and still get away with it. It worked for a month or so… that post was in May.
Nevertheless, about 3 days ago, the ants were back. I threw vinegar on them. I wiped down with vinegar again, but I guess they thought it was salad dressing or something.
So, today, I went out to the hardware store and bought a plastic spray container (too bad that store chain doesn’t have an affiliate program, because I am very impressed with this bottle… The beauty of this baby is that it has measurement markings on the side so I don’t have to get out measuring cups and all that. Plus,the sprayer thing even fits on my favorite water brand’s bottle. Am I going to see if they sell the sprayer separately? You bet!)

So, anyway, the  ants were back, so this called for more muscle.  I looked in my essential oil box and my hand fell first on the lemon oil. Especially good since that is the EO I have the most of.

I made my spray of:
1/2 C water
1/2 C white vinegar
40 drops lemon EO

I shook the bottle, and advanced on the ants’ marching line. Yes, they do go marching one by one. Until they die.

Right now, I am feeling very medieval. I am leaving the bodies of the dead lying around, so that the invaders can see how I deal with intruders and marauders. (Okay, I’ll vacuum later)

Meanwhile, my place smells like a lemon-drop.

WARTS: FOUR THIEVES TO THE RESCUE

I’ve had this recurring wart on my finger for years. It comes; I go to the dermatologist; he freezes it off; I am wart free for a while; and, then, in the twinkling of an eye, it’s back right where it was before.

This time, I have done some research on natural wart removal methods. So many ideas have been listed on the Internet.

In addition to the duct tape, garlic, banana peel, and apple cider vinegar methods I found, hypnotherapy  was mentioned as a potentially successful method (How come I didn’t know that?)

I decided that I would try essential oils. I have read that clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon, lemon grass, oregano, peppermint, tea tree, and thyme essential oils are good for removing warts. I have all of those in my stash. The basic method for essential oils is to choose your combination, mix, put some drops on a cotton ball, tape it onto the wart with a bandaid or duct tape, and wait.

Then, the other day, I remembered that I had a little vial of Four Thieves Oil in my handbag, to use for eczema itching or whatever else comes up.  I was at work and I just took out the bottle, rubbed some on the wart, which was bothering me at the time, and went on about my business. I figured the Four Thieves would at least sedate the wart.  Surprisingly, the next day, the wart was hanging off, partially detached. I pulled it off because it was bothering me. It left a little red hole, but there was no discomfort. That was two days ago. I’m waiting and watching, but, right now, it just looks like a small skin scratch (a whole lot more attractive than a wart). I’m happy.

These are my two recipes for Four Thieves oil:

FOUR THIEVES OIL
1 part eucalyptus
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon
1 part clove
1 part lemon
Carrier oil (olive, jojoba, or your choice)
Mix

I put 50 drops of each oil in a 2 oz. bottle and then top it off with jojoba oil (I like jojoba oil because it seems to never go rancid).

An alternative recipe:
200 drops Clove Bud Oil
175 drops Lemon Oil
100 drops Cinnamon Oil
75 drops Eucalyptus Oil
50 drops Rosemary

Mix with jojoba oil.

Although my recipes include jojoba oil, I must confess that, when I make up a vial for carrying around, I just use the essential oil mix straight with no carrier oil. I use Four Thieves a lot, hence it is always in my bag. If you use it without a carrier oil, it might well sting quite a bit, but, in my case, if I’m using it to stop a major discomfort, like what you get with shingles or eczema, I know the sting is going to go away, and, with is going to go that discomfort I was feeling. Your mileage may vary. You can always try the Four Thieves straight,  and then add a carrier if the sting is worse than what you are using Four Thieves to stop.
 

NO-SEE-UM’s WAR REVISITED – Compendium of Recommendations

A while back, I wrote on “no-see-ums”whatever that is that bites you and you can’t see it, but you start itching like crazy — not bedbugs, not mosquitos, not fleas, not lice(those you can see)  – and it only happens, usually, in specific places.  The big symptom of “no-see-ums” is uncontrolled itching – you can scratch yourself bloody before you even notice you’re doing it.  

No-see-ums can make you wonder if you’re losing your mind – you may find yourself scratching yourself raw before you even realize you’re doing it, while others, even in the same room, may not recognize the issue.  If you think you are getting bitten, you are getting bitten. It is not in your mind, even though you can’t see what is biting you (I believe that no-see-ums can be in one part of a room but not in another, and that some people in the room may be more susceptible to them than others: case in point: I teach in a private adult education facility, and, sometimes, I will be scratching myself to pieces and no one else will be affected, while, at other times, several other people will complain that they feel they have been bitten by something). 

A number of people have written their comments, or their requests for help, or, even, sometimes things they have found useful, so I’m going to reprise the topic, and list what I have found useful, as well as ideas I’ve gotten from readers who have told me what has worked for me.

A couple of ways to double-check, if you want to prove to  yourself that it is nothing else:

  1. Are you getting this reaction all the time? If so, could it be that you are allergic to something you are eating? Figure out what you have eaten in the past 2 hours before the “attack”, and eliminate that from your diet for a day or two and see if the itching stops.
  2. Do you get this reaction in specific places, but not in others?  If so, you’ve got no-see-ums in the place where you’re having the reaction.  (If you have it anyplace at all, then go back to #1)
  3. Do people doubt what you say about getting bitten in a specific place where they have not been? Do people disbelieve you just because it is not happening to them?  These are both signs that there are some no-see-ums where you are when you experience the itching.  (They seem to be place-specific, and, even in one room, they might be in one spot, but not 10 feet away)

Now, if you do believe that you have a no-see-ums issue, you can take some evasive action:
FOUR THIEVES OIL OR VINEGAR – this antiseptic/anti-viral formula really works for taking out the itch. The vinegar recipe takes a while to make, but you can but it on food (so you might develop an immunity – I haven’t personally explored that idea), but the problem is that you will smell like vinegar.  The oil recipes smell kind of nice (people often ask me what fragrance I’m wearing), and you can carry them with you and apply the oil as soon as you notice you’re itching – it might sting a bit at first, but it will take the itch away, and it has antibiotic properties, so, if you’ve already drawn blood, it will protect against infection.  This is one remedy I swear by – I always carry a little bottle of Four Thieves oil with me.

LAVENDER OIL – This is an antiseptic essential oil which will help with the itch and does seem to stop the bites from coming. I carry it with me always, as it is a good emergency remedy, and, if I have nothing better, I use it for no-see-ums. It works reasonably well for me and smells very nice, as well. I don’t think it works as well as other remedies for spraying a space, though.

BABY OIL – Someone suggested this one, and, although baby oil is not organic or anything close to natural, I will still go with it because it seems to repel the no-see-ums — if you slather it all over your skin, you get a moisturizer and you don’t get bitten.  It works as a repellent, and it doesn’t worry people too much if you drag it out and start rubbing it all over your arms (where I usually get hit)

LEMON GRASS/LEMON GRASS ESSENTIAL OIL  – A reader suggested planting lemon grass around one’s home to prevent entry – this reader felt that the lemon grass all around the home kept the no-see-ums from coming in.  I live in a New York City apartment (I haven’t had no-see-ums here, but…), and I work in a New York City office building (no way to plant lemon grass there), but I have found some apartment-friendly/public space-acceptable solutions: 

  • At home, you can burn dried lemon grass as incense, or you can add organic lemon grass essential oil to water and spray it in areas where  no-see-ums seem to get you, or else all over the place.  
  • At work, you can surreptitiously spray the lemon grass/water mix around where you feel you’re getting bitten (it smells nice, and, since, or course, you are using organic lemon grass essential oil, no one should complain, because it is good for lots of things, including bad smells in your workspace)

20 THINGS TO DO WITH ALOE

POST #47

This is useful interesting information from MYJUICER.COM

  1. Soothe sunburn! Pure aloe feels cool and comforting against fried skin.
  2. Rub a bit on minor itches like mosquito bites.
  3. Mix one part aloe and one part water in a spray bottle to use as a facial mist or general skin-soother when you’re hot and sticky from the sun…
  4. …or spray onto your hair to moisturize and refresh your ‘do.
  5. Suffering from seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis? Aloe applications may help – give it a try!
  6. Instead of shaving cream (full of nasty chemicals), use aloe gel on your skin before reaching for the razor…
  7. …and if you’re suffering from razorburn, apply aloe after shaving, too.
  8. Use it to tame frizzy hair before styling. Think of it as a 100% natural smoothing serum (it’s the smoothing ingredient in conditioners and defrizzers that don’t use silicone!)
  9. Looking for an oil-free moisturizer for sensitive or acne-prone skin? You can use straight aloe on your face instead of schlepping to the drugstore.
  10. Put it on bruises…
  11. …rashes…
  12. …canker sores…
  13.  …Athlete’s foot…
  14. …blisters…
  15. …and pimples! Dab a little aloe on your acne and leave it on overnight.
  16. Make a tightening facial mask by mixing aloe gel with a few spoonfuls of oats and something moisturizing (honey, your favorite oil, or a few drops of essential oils, for example.) Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  17. Exfoliate by mixing a few teaspoons of sugar with the juice of half a lemon. Scrap in the insides of one aloe leaf. Rub over your face in gentle circular motions and rinse.
  18. Drink aloe juice (available in most grocery stores) to help with indigestion, constipation, and mild gastrointestinal complaints.
  19. Splash some aloe juice into your green smoothie and enjoy the benefits.
  20. Put on a cowboy hat, mix yourself a Southwestern-style cocktail, and toast to the amazing powers of this succulent little plant!

FOUR THIEVES – more

POST #43
I’m doing the “Master Cleanse” or “Lemonade Diet” for the next couple of weeks.   What made me decide to do it was the itching.  I mean, I get this “morning itch” where I can scratch myself raw.  Sometimes, it would show up at other times.   The doctors don’t have an explanation (We all finally figured out that it WAS NOT bedbugs) .  I quit going to yoga class because I couldn’t control the scratching, and I felt I was distracting people. I took to telling people that I had a blood disorder.  Suddenly (DUH!), I decided to do a Master Cleanse, because that always clears up everything that I have (when I will do it).  I figure it is a good thing to do, no matter what. Like, if I am dying of some weird disease, we will be able to identify it faster (I did Master Cleanse before I had my colonoscopy because I did not want to take all the chemical stuff they told me to take before the colonoscopy — the dcctor and the physician’s assistant both actually asked me what I had done to be so clean).  

Right now, I am really tired of allergies and the “morning itch” so it’s time to go Master Cleanse.  I’m on Day 3, and the morning itch is not so bad, but it is still agonizing.  I don’t want to do chemical (allopathic medicine) interventions if I can avoid it while I am doing a fast.

Suddenly, I’ve remembered Four Thieves Oil It helped with “abominable itch” a while back.  Surely it will help this time.  It smells relatively nice, as well – people will just ask me what perfume I am wearing (it’s spicy).  It is working!

I’m happy.

Now, as I’m sitting here, after making up the new recipe, I’m noticing that my nose is not stuffed or dripping from the allergy I’ve been suffering.  I did not wash my hands after I finished making up the recipe, so they have Four Thieves Oil on them (even though they do not feel oily. Sneezing,  I got the Four Thieves Oil on my nose when I held the tissue to my nose.  Ooh la la! I may actually have an allergy remedy going on here. I’ll carry this bottle in my bag tomorrow for itching and for allergy stuff)

Repelling No-See-Ums

I’ve been living a horror story for months.  I have had a rash which did not correspond to any ideas the dermatologist could come up with (his explanations were “bedbugs”or “bedbugs” or” bedbugs”.  The only problem was that I have been getting these “lesions” when I was not in bed, besides the fact that I fumigated the apartment against bedbugs, and I have not seen one.

I’ve been able to relieve the itch with Four Thieves oil and with Strivectin, but I have not come up with anything that would make it not happen to start with.

I decided that there were some kind of bugs around (I am raw vegan, and I have done several internal cleanses to make sure that I had no internal business going on), so I went to the hardware store to find some kind of insecticide. I ran into a man who was talking about “no see ums” – we had them by the beach, but I had not thought that they could be in a city like New York (okay, so, we are, duh, by the beach, all around, but who’d’a’ thunk it — I mean, big city and all)…. fast forward… I read up on no-see-ums and found a suggestion to cover all exposed skin with baby oil.

After my yoga class that night, (I needed a shower badly), I passed by the drugstore and picked up some Johnson’s baby oil.  After I had showered, I slathered the baby oil on all of my skin below my face (it was tricky getting it onto my back)

After the first 5 hours, I had not gotten any new itchy bumps (for the first time).  Was it that baby oil helped my skin or that I had been getting bitten and the biters did not like baby oil??? I did not know.
I kept applying the baby oil when I was at my computer – where I noticed the problem.

The other day, in my class, I felt like I was getting bitten by invisible things, and one of my students kept swatting at her arms, as well, so I decided to carry baby oil with me.

Today, I noticed that I was getting that bitten feeling again, even though I had never experienced it in that classroom (my school is moving, so things are in an upheaval), so I nonchalantly whipped out my bottle of baby oil and started massaging it into my arms and shoulders (I was wearing a sleeveless sweater) Okay, so the students probably thought I was weird.  The biting feeling stopped immediately.

How does that old Monkees song go?  I’M A BELIEVER!!!!!!!!!

Now, I can confidently suggest that you try baby oil as a repellant to “no-see-ums”

MORE FOUR THIEVES OIL news

I’m still using my Four Thieves Oil recipe (which makes me smell, I think, like some kind of Christmas candy (actually Lush has a solid perfume called Potion which seems to complement it nicely — although I am using enough Four Thieves that I don’t really need other fragrance)

Okay, so, here I am living in what seems to be the Capital of Bedbugs — I know — eeeuuuwww!  New York City has ’em in hotels, fancy homes, and, of course, nice middle class places like mine. Bedbugs keep being in the news, as well as in our beds here.  Nobody seems to know what to do about them, short of move away, which is not an option for me.

I have found one spray which is supposed to work (although they did not tell me how long it is supposed to take!!!!!)  Meanwhile, since Four Thieves has done everything else I asked it to do, I thought that, perhaps, if I rubbed it all over my skin, it might deter bites…. I left some skin bare as a test. It does seem to have worked pretty well, actually… any part that had not had copious amounts of Four Thieves rubbed in just before bedtime got a bite (good! only three new bites!!!!)  So…. if it happens to you…. try it.

Four Thieves  is working so well for me that, if I get shingles again, I may try it (although I imagine it will be excruciating to apply it and wait for it to calm down, it does calm down even the most excruciating itch that cannot bear to be touched or even have fabric on it)

I’m thinking of spraying it on the bed to see what happens. How much can it hurt (okay, I might get a craving for Christmas candy in the middle of the night)